Oasis

Roman, Sahara, and Oasis: Best of the North and Western Sahara region Tour: 16 Day Tour

  • Step back in time in ancient Oasis towns
  • Wander through the Sahara in Western Algeria
  • From East to West visit the best the Northern region has to offer
  • Walk through ancient Roman cities

Day 1: Algiers

Arrive in Algiers and transfer to your hotel for three nights. Depending on your arrival time you can take an afternoon tour of the city including sites to: Place des Martyrs (17th century El Djedid Mosque), Place Emir Abdelkader, Grande Poste, and others if time. Dinner will be at your hotel.

Hotel Options:
3 options: Hotel Safir, Hotel Albert I, ST Hotel
4 options: Hotel El Djazair
5 options: El Aurassi, Hotel Sofitel Algiers Hamma Garden

Day 2: Algiers / Tipaza / Cherchell / Algiers

After breakfast you will travel to Tipaza to explore this beautiful Roman site beside the Mediterranean Sea and then visit the museum. You will not want to miss the historic basilica, which is said to be the largest in North Africa. Enjoy fresh fish lunch in Tipaza and travel to Cherchell to visit two museums that host a number of Roman antiquities. On your way back to Algiers you will stop at the pyramid-like structure of the Tomb de le Christian.

Hotel Options:
3 options: Hotel Safir, Hotel Albert I, ST Hotel
4 options: Hotel El Djazair
5 options: El Aurassi, Hotel Sofitel Algiers Hamma Garden

Day 3: Algiers / Annaba

In the morning you will visit the Bardo Musuem which is set in a beautiful neo-Moorish villa, Museum of Antiquities and Islamic Art, UNESCO World Heritage Casbah, mosques, and arts and crafts museum. Travel to the Algiers airport and depart for Annaba. Upon arrival to Annaba transfer to the hotel for dinner.

Hotel Options:
3 options: Hotel Rym el Djamil
4 options: Hotel Sabri

Day 4: Annaba

In the morning explore the museum and site of Hippo Regius and the Cathedral of St. Augustine. Be sure to visit the ruins of the 'Basilica of Peace' where St. Augustine was bishop in the 5th century. Afternoon tour of Cape de Garde, historic mosques, and the corniche, and other sites.

Hotel Options:
3 options: Hotel Rym el Djamil
4 options: Hotel Sabri

Day 5: Timgad / Lambaesis / Batna

Today you will want to depart early to have time on all the sites. Begin with a stop at Roman baths and then travel to the UNESCO site of Timgad where you will discover the library, temples, amphitheater, arch of Trajan, forum, houses, and basilicas. After this on your return to Lambaesis you will stop to visit the large structure of the legionary base. Dinner will be at the hotel.

Hotel Options:
3 options: Hotel Salim

Day 6: Batna / Constantine

After breakfast travel to Medracen (Ancient Numidian Tomb), which is 58 meters in diameter and 19 meters tall. Continue to the hillside Roman site of Tiddis which offers excellent views over the region. You will then travel to Constantine for night.

Hotel Options:
3 options: Hotel Ibis, Hotel Cirta
4 options: Hotel Novotel, Hotel Hocine

Day 7: Constantine / Setif

Spend a half day enjoying this breath-taking city. You will explore the suspension bridges, the Constantine museum, Kasbah, Palace of Ahmed Bey, and then continue to Setif. Upon arrival enjoy the archeological museum, which holds the grand Bacchus mosaic.

3 Hotel in Setif: Hotel Rabie or other 3 option

Day 8: Setif / Algiers

Begin the day with a drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Djemila. You will have a guided visit of both the museum and historic site. Explore the forum, basilicas, baptisteries, arch of Caracalla, Temple des Septimes, well-preserved Roman market, and theatre. After your discoveries travel to Setif and take a flight to Algiers.

Hotel Option:
3 options: Hotel Safir, Hotel Albert I, ST Hotel
4 options: Hotel El Djazair
5 options: El Aurassi, Hotel Sofitel Algiers Hamma Garden

Day 9: Algiers / Oran

You will take a flight to Oran in the morning. In Oran some of the sites you will visit are: The Bey's Palace, 14th century fort of Merinid Sultan Abou Hassan, discover the Fort and the Church of Santa Cruz which was built during the second half of the 16th century on the order of the marquis of Santa Cruz, stroll along the corniche overlooking the harbor, walk about in city central to see the unique colonial architecture, see the City Hall which is an impressive building that is served by a majestic staircase and flanked on both side by an imposing bronze lions statues, visit the district of Sidi El Houari, and the Mosque. Dinner will be at the hotel.

Hotel Option:
3 options: Hotel Ibis, Hotel Timgad
5 options: Hotel Royal Oran, Hotel Le Meridien

Day 10: Oran / Tlemcen

In the morning you will drive to Tlemcen which is considered an important cultural and religious city in Algeria. Here you will discover historic sites of the Great Mosque, the ancient 13th century ruins of Mansourah, the Mechouar. Dinner will be at the hotel.

Hotel Option:
3 options: Hotel Ibis
4 options: Residence Pomaria
5 options: Marriot Renaissance Tlemcen

Day 11: Tlemcen / Bechar / Taghit

Today you will have an early morning and drive south to Bechar. After lunch you will continue to the beautiful Oasis town of Taghit.

Accommodations in local bed and breakfast (El Bordj)

Day 12: Taghit

This town is said to be one of the most beautiful Oasis in the Sahara region. Today you will visit the Old Ksar (fort), walk through the old town with the mud-brik houses and narrow alley-ways, see the imposing dunes or the Grand Erg, cave paintings (camels, ostriches, mankind).

Accommodations in local bed and breakfast (El Bordj)

Day 13: Taghit / Timimoun

You will depart for Timimoun, which is a small oasis village that is distinct with it red ochre architecture. On your way you will stop at Beni Abbes (the "white oasis") and explore the old ksar, museum, hermitage of Pere Foucault, and have lunch in a palm grove.

Accommodations in local bed and breakfast (Ksar Massine)

Day 14: Timimoun

Spend the full day exploring Timimoun and the foggaras (ancient irrigation system).

Accommodations in local bed and breakfast (Ksar Massine)

Day 15: Timimoun / Algiers

Depart the hotel and transfer to the airport. You will take a return flight to Algiers and depending on arrival time you will have additional visits.

Hotel Option:
3 options: Hotel Safir, Hotel Albert I, ST Hotel
4 options: Hotel El Djazair
5 options: El Aurassi, Hotel Sofitel Algiers Hamma Garden

Day 16: Depart

Your guide will take you to the airport for your departure flight.

Tour Includes:

  • English speaking Algeria tour manager/guide
  • Driver and private transportation
  • All entrance fees to historical sites
  • Full Board including all meals until breakfast on the last day
  • Water in the vehicle
  • Security escorts where needed (determined by Tour Manager)
  • Letter of Invitation required for the tourist visa
  • All domestic flights

Tour Does Not Include:

  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Additional Drinks (included is water in the vehicle during transportation)
  • Tips
  • Personal items

*There are no photographs allowed in Algerian museums unless site guide gives the group permission*

*Itinerary subject to modification according to local conditions*

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